|New International Version (©2011)|
From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
New Living Translation (©2007)
From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety,
English Standard Version (©2001)
from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I,
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
I call to You from the ends of the earth when my heart is without strength. Lead me to a rock that is high above me,
International Standard Version (©2012)
From the end of the earth I will cry to you whenever my heart is overwhelmed. Place me on the rock that's too high for me.
NET Bible (©2006)
From the most remote place on earth I call out to you in my despair. Lead me up to an inaccessible rocky summit!
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
From the ends of the Earth I call to you! In the agitation of my heart you have raised me up upon a rock and you have comforted me,
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
From the ends of the earth, I call to you when I begin to lose heart. Lead me to the rock that is high above me.
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
From the end of the earth will I cry unto you, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
American King James Version
From the end of the earth will I cry to you, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
American Standard Version
From the end of the earth will I call unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
To thee have I cried from the ends of the earth: when my heart was in anguish, thou hast exalted me on a rock. Thou hast conducted me;
Darby Bible Translation
From the end of the earth will I call unto thee, when my eart is overwhelmed: thou wilt lead me on to a rock which is too high for me.
English Revised Version
From the end of the earth will I call unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Webster's Bible Translation
From the end of the earth will I cry to thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
World English Bible
From the end of the earth, I will call to you, when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Young's Literal Translation
From the end of the land unto Thee I call, In the feebleness of my heart, Into a rock higher than I Thou dost lead me.
|Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary|
61:1-4 David begins with prayers and tears, but ends with praise. Thus the soul, being lifted up to God, returns to the enjoyment of itself. Wherever we are, we have liberty to draw near to God, and may find a way open to the throne of grace. And that which separates us from other comforts, should drive us nearer to God, the fountain of all comfort. Though the heart is overwhelmed, yet it may be lifted up to God in prayer. Nay, I will cry unto thee, for by that means it will be supported and relieved. Weeping must quicken praying, and not deaden it. God's power and promise are a rock that is higher than we are. This rock is Christ. On the Divine mercy, as on a rock, David desired to rest his soul; but he was like a ship-wrecked sailor, exposed to the billows at the bottom of a rock too high for him to climb without help. David found that he could not be fixed on the Rock of salvation, unless the Lord placed him upon it. As there is safety in Him, and none in ourselves, let us pray to be led to and fixed upon Christ our Rock. The service of God shall be his constant work and business: all must make it so who expect to find God their shelter and strong tower. The grace of God shall be his constant comfort.
Verse 2. - From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee. Eastern hyperbole may call the Trans-Jordanic territory "the end of the earth," but certainly the expression would be more natural in the mouth of an exile in Assyria, Media, or Babylon. When my heart is overwhelmed; or, "when my heart fainteth" (comp. Psalm 107:5). Lead me to the rock that is higher than I; rather, that is too high for me - that I cannot reach unaided. Some regard the "rock" as Mount Zion; but others, more reasonably, explain it as "God himself" (see Psalm 62:2, 6, 7). "Let thy grace lead me to thee" (Kay).
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee,.... Where he now was, as is observed on the title; see Gill on Psalm 61:1, though he was distant from his own house, and from the house of God, he did not restrain prayer before him, but continued to cry unto him, and determined to do so; and as the people of God are sometimes forced to flee to distant parts, they have a God still to go to, who is a God afar off, as well as at hand. It may be the psalmist may represent the church in Gospel times, throughout the whole world, even at the further parts of it, in the isles afar off, where men may and do lift up holy hands to God without wrath and doubting:
when my heart is overwhelmed; or "covered" (x); with grief and sorrow for any trouble, outward or inward, and ready to sink, and fail and die. Sometimes the saints are overwhelmed with a sense of sin, are pressed down with the weight and burden of its guilt; their faces are covered with shame and confusion; and their hearts are swallowed up and overwhelmed with overmuch sorrow, both at the number of their sins, and at the aggravated circumstances of them; and especially when they are without a view of pardoning grace and mercy, Psalm 38:4, Lamentations 3:42; and sometimes they are overwhelmed with afflictive providences; the Lord causes all his waves and billows to go over them, and they are just ready to sink; and did he not stay his hand, and stop contending with them, the spirit would fail before him, and the souls that he has made, Psalm 42:6; and sometimes with divine desertions, which cause a "deliquium" of soul, and throw them into fainting fits, Sol 5:6; and sometimes through unbelieving frames; and did not the Lord appear to them, and strengthen their faith, and remove their unbelief, they would sink and die away, Psalm 77:2. And at all such times it is right to cry unto the Lord, and make the following request to him:
lead me to the rock that is higher than I; not the land of Israel, as Kimchi thinks, the psalmist being now in the low lands of the Philistines; nor Jerusalem, and the fort and hill of Zion; he being now at the extreme and lower parts of the land: this sense is too low. Some think that some great difficulty is meant; which seemed insuperable, and like a rock inaccessible, which he could not get up to, and upon, and get over; and therefore desires the Lord would lead him up it, and over it, before whom every rock, mountain, and hill, becomes a plain, Zechariah 4:7; but rather Christ is meant, the Rock of Israel, the Rock of our salvation, and our refuge. He is higher than David, and all the kings of the earth; higher than the angels in heaven, and than the heavens themselves, Hebrews 7:26; and who by his height is able to protect and defend his people from all their enemies; and by the shade he casts to refresh and comfort them; and by the sufficiency in him to supply all their wants; for he is as a rock impregnable, and well stored, Isaiah 33:16. And here gracious souls desire to be led by the Spirit of God always, and especially when in distressing circumstances; and he does lead them to his blood for pardon and cleansing, and to his righteousness for justification and acceptance with God, and to his fulness for fresh supplies.
(x) "quum tegitur", Michaelis.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
2. heart is overwhelmed—literally, "covered over with darkness," or, "distress."
to the rock—(Ps 18:2; 40:2).
higher than I—which otherwise I cannot ascend.
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